It’s a pleasant cycle ride to ‘a tranquil haven’. Visit our nature reserve Foxearth Meadows – and leave your bike safely locked up – while you tour what is now officially one of the most valuable wildlife areas in Essex.
Foxearth Meadows has been recognised as a Local Wildlife Site. The 11-acre reserve also boasts the recent installation of galvanised steel cycle racks to encourage more bike riders to visit.
‘The designation is recognition of the significant conservation interest Foxearth Meadows holds and acknowledges that the site is of county significance,’ said Local Wildlife Sites Officer for Essex Wildlife Trust John More.
‘The selection of LoWS is based on the most important, distinctive and threatened species and habitats within a national, regional and local context. This makes them some of our most valuable wildlife areas.’
John described Foxearth Meadows as ‘a tranquil haven for wildlife and people’ as he congratulated us for attaining this special status. ‘In simple terms, Foxearth Meadows is a great site,’ he said.
‘More scientifically, the site fulfils two of the selection criteria for LoWS selection in Essex. The site has been shown to support a very significant assemblage of scarce invertebrates, including Red Data Book and Essex Red Data List species. The site also contains river floodplain habitat which is not intensively farmed.’
Welcoming John’s observations, our Reserve Manager Mark Prina said the status is a ‘stepping stone’ to become a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). Then Foxearth Meadows would be protected by law to conserve its wildlife.
‘Much of the LoWS recognition is focused on the dragonfly aspect,’ said Mark. ‘We’ve recorded 22 species on the site. That’s phenomenal!’ Mark hopes the new status – and the cycle racks – will draw more visitors.
‘We want to encourage sustainable forms of transport,’ he explained. ‘We want to encourage those who are prepared to leave the car at home.’ (Photo shows the installation of the new cycle racks at Foxearth Meadows)